If you can stomach the extremely graphic nature of this video, you simply must do yourself a favor and watch it. Courtesy of The New York Times (of all places) comes the unbelievable story of 23-year old Ali Hussein Kadhim. It plays out like something taken straight from a horrifying Hollywood movie, but this is indeed as real as it gets, folks.
ISIS has been murdering innocent people by the thousands, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen evidence of anyone surviving one of their horrific massacres. Back in June, Kadhim — who is an impoverished married father of two — decided to join the Iraqi military in order to provide for his family. It was only 10 days after his enlistment that ISIS showed up near the Tikrit area that he was stationed at.
The Times reports:
The militants, with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, separated the men by sect. The Sunnis were allowed to repent for their service to the government. The Shiites were marked for death, and lined up in groups.
Mr. Kadhim was No. 4 in his line.
As the firing squad shot the first man, blood spurted onto Mr. Kadhim’s face. He remembered seeing a video camera in the hands of another militant.
“I saw my daughter in my mind, saying, ‘Father, father,’ ” he said.
He felt a bullet pass by his head, and fell forward into the freshly dug trench.
“I just pretended to be shot,” he said.
But Kadhim’s tale didn’t end there. He had survived a grotesque slaughter of innocents, but still had to figure out some way back home. Watch the video above to hear this amazing story about one man’s will to live, and how, amazingly, another man shot by ISIS and left for dead helped bring Kadhim back to health, with only plants and insects as food.
Someone was most definitely looking out for Ali Hussein Kadhim on that fateful June day. The images are heartbreaking to watch, but the unbreakable desire of one man to return home to his family is simply astonishing.
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